Friday, April 15, 2011

Reading List

Soooo many replies! This will be my new reading list for the next 10 years! There were a lot of suggestions for "Hunger Games", "The Book Thief", "Never Let Me Go", "The Little Prince", and "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn". All ones I definitely have to check out now!

Other suggestions that were a few of my favs as well:

Three Cups of Tea - so inspiring!
Norwegian Wood - I love Murakami!
Catcher In The Rye - my fav. Salinger read.
Anything by David Sedaris!
Anything by Aimee Bender...
Joy Luck Club - as much as I enjoyed reading this, the movie makes me weep every time.

And before I had gotten a chance to read through all of your wonderful recommendations, I ordered Tina Fey's "Bossypants" for fun--which I was glad to see some of you gave the thumbs up to!

But as far as my favorite fav's of all time (so far):

This book affected me in a really weird way. At the time I was finding all these parallels of events happening in the book, to events in my own life.
This was also the only book that ever made me almost throw up, as well as almost faint. Weird!

This book swept me away on a long, beautiful journey. I never wanted it to end, and yet, when it did, it was completely satisfying. I love "magical realism" and García Márquez is THE best at that.

If I hadn't read this, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. This book filled me with the longing to travel, and the courage to drive across the country, meet crazy characters, and find my own adventures.

Another Kerouac favorite of mine.

This novel was a true companion to me when I was on tour with Ray LaMontagne. Being my first time to ever visit England especially, this was a great introduction. A rich story with lovable and unforgettable characters.

This was the only book I'd ever read in less than 2 days! I could not put it down. And yes, I will be seeing the movie!

This book was recommended to me by Amos Lee back when I was only 18, and interning on his first Blue Note EP. An inspiring story of a true journey through life, and lessons learned.

And of course, my favorite new book I've read this year, "Just Kids".
Here are my thoughts on it.

Books are such wonderful things, aren't they? [as well as films, music, photos, flowers, paintings, trees, seas, rough sketches, food, et al.]

Thank you again for all of your suggestions. I'm serious! This is my new reading list! I hope some of you can make it part of yours too!

p. ahn


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  2. I think I will read some of these. My favorite book is The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wylde.

  3. I got a little jolt when I saw your suggestions from Jack Kerouac. We just read some excerpts from "On the Road" for my history of the 1950's course. What a coindedence!

  4. Ohmg, I hope you read The Little Prince. It's a touching book and definitely one of my favorites! :D

  5. Priscilla- a tree grows in brooklyn is a must read. it is so real and written so beautifully. you will find yourself lost in it. I have reread it 10 times (which speaks for how much time i have on my hands) and cried every time.

  6. Last Exit To Brooklyn

  7. Tropic Of Cancer also.

  8. Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is unforgettable.

  9. I really enjoyed your suggestion: lullatone

    so to return the favor...

    Movie suggestion: "Mary and Max"
    It's an Australian clay animation film about a very unlikely friendship.

    It's really a treasure film. Sad, but in a strange way hopeful.

    Enjoy :)

  10. you make me want to read all of those! so nice of you to reply to people's suggestions :) add another vote to the little prince and you should also read i capture the castle!

  11. I really like this reading list. I will read some of those books, too, look interesting...

  12. I shall get my hands on Siddhartha.. sounds like an enlightening read which will be good for the restless mind.

  13. Hi, Priscilla. I want to 2nd Inês' rec to check out I've found quite a few books that I wouldn't have otherwise heard about from my friends' "to-read" lists.

    Also, I just finished "The Hunger Games" a few days ago and I can't wait to read the rest of that trilogy... and see the forthcoming film.

    I've read a few of these books in your list and enjoyed, and the other titles sound like great reads too!

  14. I heard you on NPR, and can't wait to hear more! Your voice is so beautiful. If you like Marquez, you should try reading Isabel Allende. Her novel "Eva Luna" is my favorite of all time. I think we have really similar taste in books, On the Road, and Jane Eyre are two of my favorites. Have you read Ann Patchett's "Bell Canto"? Another great read. :)

    The Naked Rose